Recent Work: Joseph Tiberino
376 Broome St.
On Pope's Visit to Cuba.
Joseph Tiberino's mural size, symbolic interpretation was started while the Pope's visit was taking place. The shapes of Pope John Paul, Fidel Castro and Ernesto ("Che") Guevare move out of the canvas in an almost sculptured form. The mural evolved in a circular composition where warm passionate colors force the figures forward. The three men speak different messages or perhaps... the same. Through his painting the artist portrays a mysticism around these three revolutionaries who have weathered the storm and became a rich part of our history.
The Pope is envisioned as the staunch missionary, resplendent in the robes of a renaissance prince. Castro, clad in the olive-drab fatigues of class warfare, is the fiery rebel speaking on a street corner in Havanna after the success of the revolution. The martyred Che becomes the symbol of the revolution. Che is a muse for the artist. Che is the dead Christ- post-orgasmic but not dead.
Mr. Tiberino employs an individualized technique in his work. The figures are strongly rendered, giving a pulsating life force through line, shape and color. His control over line and shape, hue amd value, is both complete and dramatic.
copyright © 1998 Joseph Tiberino
376 Broome St.
On Havana Cigars
One evening after Fidel and Che entered Havana, at the head of large Columns, they stood on a street corner, in the old section of the city, smoking cigars and sharing victory cocktails. On the wall behind them was a tattered and defaced poster of the old dictator, Fulgencia Baptista. Fidel dreamed of rebuilding Cuba as a socialist utopia and Che dreamed of spreading the revolution throughout the third world.
With a laugh, they reflected on when they had been first introduced in Mexico. They recognized each other as kindred spirits- even long lost brothers. They met at 10:00 PM and talked together until sunrise, drinking tequila throughout the night.
Then had come plans to invade Cuba- followed by 3 years of unending battle in the Sierra Maestro mountains. Together they confronted and solved the most impossible problems. They shared an unshakable faith that they would win the fighting.